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Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana
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Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana [Format Kindle]

Shaila Catherine , Pa-Auk

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"Shaila Catherine has outlined an ancient way to train the mind in stillness and wise attention. This book can be a guide for cultivating the inner calm we long for." (Christina Feldman, author of Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World)

"Wisdom Wide and Deep is a clear and comprehensive account of a path of meditation leading to profound levels of concentration and insight." (Guy Armstrong, teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center)

"Shaila's new book converts theory to practice, ideas to application, knowledge about meditation to direct experience. She has written a manual in clear, practical language. The West needs such manuals." (Christopher Titmuss, author of Mindfulness for Everyday Living)

"If you are interested in dharma study, then Shaila's book belongs in your library." (Phillip Moffitt, author of Dancing With Life)

"This book is a powerful inspiration both for those who would like a glimpse of what's possible and for those intrepid explorers of the mind who want to bring these teachings to fulfillment. Highly recommended." (Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism)

"Catherine has managed a difficult feat--to be simultaneously encyclopedic and charming." (Kate Wheeler, editor of In This Very Life: Liberation Teachings of the Buddha)

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Wisdom Wide and Deep is a comprehensive guide to an in-depth training that emphasizes the application of concentrated attention (jhana) to profound and liberating insight (vipassana). With calm, tranquility, and composure established through a practical experience of jhana meditators are able to halt the seemingly endless battle against hindrances, eliminate distraction, and facilitate a penetrative insight into the subtle nature of matter and mind. It was for this reason the Buddha frequently exhorted his students,

Wisdom Wide and Deep follows and amplifies the teachings in Shaila Catherine's acclaimed first book, Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. Readers will learn to develop this profound stability, sustain an in-depth examination of the nuances of mind and matter, and ultimately unravel deeply conditioned patterns that perpetuate suffering. This fully detailed manual for the mind sure to become a trusted companion to many inner explorers.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A gift to current and future generations of Buddhist meditators 20 novembre 2011
Par Terry Farrah - Publié sur
The teachings of the Buddha over 2500 years ago have been interpreted in a variety of ways, leading to a variety of skillful means for achieving wisdom and liberation. At Pa Auk Monastery in Burma, a very structured and detailed approach based on the Visuddhimagga has been preserved and developed. For those with the discipline to practice it, it is said to be extremely effective. However, until now it has been little known in the West.

In Wisdom Wide and Deep, Shaila Catherine, a student of Pa Auk Sayadaw, performs the heroic task of elucidating the often arcane instructions for this approach in beautiful, readable, yet precise English prose. Her masterful work is a generous gift to many future generations of Western practitioners. It is based on, and consistent with, the manual Knowing and Seeing by Pa Auk Sayadaw, but is one hundred times more accessible and comprehensible.

I am a close friend of Shaila's, and I helped her edit this book. At a recent retreat with Pa Auk Sayadaw, a printout of the in-press manuscript was my constant companion. I referred to it often, not only to clarify points of instruction, but to be nourished by Shaila's kind and practical encouragement, real life examples, and connections to Western thought. The exercises, designed to illustrate concepts for the more casual reader, were also highly useful to me on retreat, deepening my understanding of concepts while providing a break from formal meditation.

For the practitioner of Pa Auk Sayadaw's approach, Wisdom Wide and Deep is an essential--and I mean truly essential--resource for making the most of one's practice time. And for any practitioner of Buddhist meditation, Wisdom Wide and Deep provides a very readable, enjoyable, and instructive introduction to one truly remarkable "skillful means".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wisdom Wide and Deep 28 novembre 2011
Par Diane - Publié sur
Wisdom Wide and Deep is an extraordinarily detailed and beautifully written book. As a long time Dhamma student who also completed Venerable Pa Auk's course I have first hand knowledge of the Sayadaw's approach to the path of jhana and vipassana. Shaila, with great clarity and skill, has described this methodical training in a way that makes the enormous detail accessible to lay practitioners. Reading this pratice manual felt as though Shaila was personally guiding me through the many exercises and meditations. Her words provide an on-going emotional and technical support for this demanding and sometimes tumultuous work. Even if one does not want to undertake this practice, the book is a useful and much needed reference manual. Wisdom Wide and Deep makes the sometimes dry details of the Visuddhimagga and the Abhidhamma understandable. What is the mental process involved in seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and thinking? What is dependent origination? Why is life so often unsatisfactory? Read this book and you will begin to understand that insight and personal, direct experience is still possible for people today. Shaila also included contemporary reflections and personal stories which made these ancient practices even more relevant to modern life. After eagerly reading the book from cover to cover I now read several pages each day after sitting meditation. It is a great review of the course and a wonderful inspiration. No serious dhamma student or even one beginning their exploration should be without this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 historic work 6 janvier 2012
Par DAVID L COLLINS - Publié sur
This book represents something historic.

The West has benefited profoundly in our time from the introduction of Buddhist practices, including the teachings from "Old School" Theravada Buddhism. To date, the latter have been made available largely in the form of Vipassana (insight) teachings, through figures like Goenka, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein.

As wonderful as these have been (and continue to be), Vipassana is in one sense only "half" of the original Buddhist tradition. With Wisdom Wide and Deep Shaila Catherine has provided in a single volume an integration with the other half - the Theravada's instructions for effecting experiential states of deep calm and marked concentrative absorption. Such instructions have traditionally always accompanied, supported, and deepened the practices for enlightened insight in Buddhism.

The techniques outlined in Catherine's book are presented with considerable precision and depth of understanding, including analyses of the very highest and most subtle experiential realizations. A number of the practices described here will be matter-of-factly beyond the current purview of many meditators. But even then, a reader's acquaintance with the mere existence of such techniques can be of mind-opening benefit itself.

In its conjoint, systematic and detailed presentation of both traditional Buddhist concentrative and insight practices, Wisdom Wide and Deep marks a significant contribution towards making Western modernity aware of just what the human mind is capable of.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A remarkable work; a must-have for serious vipassana meditators 1 décembre 2011
Par Ann D - Publié sur
'Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Insight' by Shaila Catherine is a remarkable work, a must-have for serious vipassana meditators. Unlike anything previously available, it delivers exactly what the title suggests: an immediately accessible guide for mastering traditional meditative practices leading to liberating wisdom. Discussions of Buddhist psychology and Abhidhamma theory are supported by practical meditation instructions, reflections, and well-organized charts.

Although this work is broad in scope and comprehensive in detail, readers should not be hesitant to approach with confidence, for it is also remarkably accessible. One need not be ready for the complete practice; practitioners can glean invaluable benefit from any single practice, reflection, or discussion.

Shaila Catherine writes with a voice so fresh and rare, speaking from direct experience of knowing and seeing, guiding readers along the path of meditation practice. Instructions are clear and concise. Discussions are light-hearted and relevant. At last, contemporary meditators have access to the ancient practices of liberating wisdom. I highly recommend 'Wisdom Wide and Deep' to anyone dedicated to deepening their meditation practice.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you can no longer ignore the stirring in your own good heart... 25 novembre 2011
Par Robert Cusick - Publié sur
If you can no longer ignore the stirring in your own good heart which longs for liberation, you have in hand a book that offers western readers a Dhamma gate or bridge to the Buddha's profound and systematic teachings without compromising the instructions. In 2008 during a four month meditation retreat at The Forest Refuge in Barre, MA, Venerable Pa Auk Tawya Sayadaw presented Shaila Catherine with the task of writing this book. Informed by her own direct meditative experience, Wisdom Wide and Deep is both beautifully written and rooted in the time honored Way of The Elders. Kudos to the author. This worthwhile project demanded meticulous attention and three years of effort. Shaila Catherine has done an admirable job and has honored The Sayadaw's request.

--Robert Cusick (formerly Sunnatagavesaka Bhikkhu)
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